US Southwest Soaring Museum

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US Southwest Soaring Museum
Location Moriarty, New Mexico, United States
Coordinates 35°00′17″N 106°01′33″W / 35.00464°N 106.025824°W / 35.00464; -106.025824
Type Aviation museum
Collection size Sailplanes
President George Applebay[1]

The US Southwest Soaring Museum is an aviation museum, located at 918 E US Route 66, in Moriarty, New Mexico, United States that focuses on the history of gliding in the western United States.[1][2][3]

The museum is an affiliate member of the Soaring Society of America.[4]


The museum states its aims as preserving and presenting the history and legacy of soaring; promoting an increased understanding of mathematics and the physical sciences through educational exhibits and programs; sponsoring aeronautical research programs relating to solar-powered flight; communicating an inspirational story of innovation and discovery for the New Mexico schoolchildren, the citizens of NM and visitors passing through the state and motivating others to experience the wonder of flight[2]


The museum was conceived in 1995 and opened in 2006. Founding president George Applebay and a ten-person volunteer board of directors spent ten years assembling the collection of more than 40 gliders and models and finding a location for the museum.[1]


The museum has an extensive collection of gliders, including:[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Staff (29 April 2010). "Hall Inducts Two Aviation Legends". Mountain View Telegraph. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b US Southwest Soaring Museum (2010). "What's New". Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  3. ^ City of Moriarty Government (n.d.). "Civic Center". Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Soaring Society of America (July 2007). "Affiliates & Divisions". Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  5. ^ US Southwest Soaring Museum (2010). "Sailplanes, Hang Gliders & Motor Gliders". Retrieved 24 May 2011. 

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